SpokenWord open mic starts again 4th September. The writers’ group runs all summer every Sunday at Shakespeare & Co.

SpokenWord Paris is one pole of a nomadic tribe of people who love poetry, writing and song. A home for creatives and lost anglophones. We do an open mic night called SpokenWord every Monday au Chat Noir and an allied writers’ workshop at Shakespeare & Company (every Sunday.) We do a literary journal called The Bastille and Tightrope Books published many of us in the book “Strangers in Paris.” Click on the blue stamp on the right to sign up to the mailing list.

Open mic/scène ouverte: Performance poetry. Lire vivant. Poésie sonore. Stand up. Monologue. Stories. Beat poetry. Spoken word. English. Français. Your own original texts. Old texts from Rimbaud to Dr Seuss, Beowulf to Gil Scott-Heron. Chacun a son mot à dire. Make the words come alive…………………….. Acoustic songs also welcome.

SpokenWord Sounds
Some podcasts from Monday nights au Chat Noir, by Victor. Listen or download here.

Starts again 4th Sept. Then every Monday Au Chat Noir, 76 rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud 75011. Métro Parmentier/Couronnes. Sign up 8pm to 9.30pm in the bar. Poetics start from 8.30pm underground. Check out the Practical info page for more info. Paris’ biggest and longest-running English open mic night, started in 2006. All langues welcome. Entry one euro.

Check next week’s theme here

The Writers’ Group – currently free!
6.30pm-8.30pm every Sunday at Shakespeare & Company, 37 rue de la Bûcherie, 75005. Free. Bring your writing or just come and listen join the discussion. Hosted by Bruce Sherfield and Simon Millward. Description Join us afterwards for a drink.

Chat Noir sketch drawn by Allison Iwata.

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Andy Phillips to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 16th–Monday’s Theme: The Unspoken

image1Andy Phillips is a poet, screenwriter, actor, and director. He hails from Louisiana and is currently based in sunny Los Angeles after many long New York City winters. This summer he published New York, a collection of poetry reflecting on his time and experiences of living in NYC. His first short film, Words, screened at festivals worldwide including Festival De Cannes Court Métrage, London’s InShort Film Festival, and NewFilmmakers New York. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and The Actors Studio, MFA.

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Monday 9th October at SpokenWord

Theme – The Art of Love

Guest – Kristina Vaughan

Kristina has been a regular at SpokenWord for the last 4 years as well as performing at the other poetry and music open mics in Paris.

Now she’s crowdfunding to record her first album. If you want to get a copy by contributing, here’s the link.

More about her music here on her website.

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Prince Emagine to Guest at SpokenWord Paris October 2nd—Monday’s Theme: Life Lessons

FB_IMG_1506410184696Prince Emagine, a contractor by day and multi talented artist by night in the boroughs of New York. Born In Baltimore, Maryland, but raised in the diverse cities of Georgia where he picked up most of his talents. He has walked the journey of an artist for 21 years, starting at the age of 7 in the field of painting. He now performs, expressing his thoughts through singing, dancing, and poetry. Prince Emagine is currently working on a music album and art exhibits to be displayed in the coming New Year.  You can reach him at enroorel@yahoo.com or find him and his work through social media. Instagram/Facebook: Prince Emagine

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Sandra Sarala to Guest at SpokenWord Paris September 25th–Monday’s Theme: Saying Goodbye/ Leaving/ Parting

_DSC2896 SandraSandra Sarala is a singing performance poet, journalist, bookmaker, copy editor, permaculturist, and actor, with a sideline in archaic East European folk song. She left Aotearoa-New Zealand mid-1997, shortly after working with Alan Brunton and Sally Rodwell’s Red Mole’s Roadworks theatre company in Wellington. Via Seoul, Moscow, Poland, southern Germany and rural Czech Bohemia she eventually put down tentative roots in Berlin in April 2002. Aside from several intermittent decampments to Italy, they grew. From 2004-08 she was one of the co-founding members of ensemble Polýnushka, whose debut CD of archaic Russian village songs won the German Record Critics Prize for folklore in September 2008. During 2011-12 she curated and MCed the multi-disciplinary performance series ‘Berlin COMPASS’. This September she’s been touring Italy and France on her first Permaterrailean tour.
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Jude Cowan Montague to Guest at SpokenWord Paris September 18th–Monday’s Theme: Foreign Films

Jude Cowan Montague is judecman artist, writer and composer with a multi-media practice that crosses disciplines. She is active in new printmaking, installation, poetry, prose fiction, film history, vocal work and performance. She is known for her innovative work with international news agency output. This practice developed while working as an archivist for the Reuters Television Archive. Her first collection For the Messengers (Donut Press 2011) re-formed edits from the Reuters output during 2008 as individual poems. Her album The Leidenfrost Effect (Folkwit Records 2015) was co-composed with Dutch producer Wim Oudijk and reimagines quirky stories from the Reuters Life! feed. She is a broadcaster and curates and hosts The News Agents a weekly hybrid news-arts show on Resonance 104.4 FM. Her latest book ‘The Originals’ is out on Hesterglock Press.

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Alison Koehler to Guest at SpokenWord Paris September 11th—Monday’s Theme: Transparent

21460059_10159259995540654_372665197_oAlison Grace Koehler is a poet, painter and maker of stained glass. Her work in these mediums is interconnected. She has written cultural reviews for the Copenhagen Post and contributed to research at The Scottish Stained Glass Symposium and Trust after receiving the Bourse Leonardo. Alison has curated and performed in shows for Galerie Arnaud Lefebvre, Les Nocturnes de l’Aude, and The Edinburgh Art Festival. One of the longstanding poets at the Bordel de la Poésie, Alison brings her words into intimate as well as public spaces. Her stained glass has traveled through its own diverse settings, from Auvers-Saint-Georges forest to Berkeley Books to recent artist residency at Carbone 17 in Aubervilliers. Alison lives in Paris and continues to create independently at Atelier Lengaï. Her poetry, like her stained glass, is imbued with personal expression as well as happenstance, and shards of transparency.

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5th September – An evening of disruptive and provocative poetry, performance & music

Launching the 11th issue of Maintenant – a Dada magazine out of New York. 7.30pm-11pm at La Cave Café, 134 rue Marcadet, 75018 Paris. Métro Marcadet-Poissonniers (lines 4 & 12) See Three Rooms Press website for more details.

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Oto Cronopio to Guest at SpokenWord Paris September 4th—Monday’s Theme: Sounds of Silence

oto portraitOto Cronopio, 35 years old, from Nicaragua, writes poetry mainly in french and spanish, but sometimes also in english, portuguese or italian. Participates since three years in many poetic events in french, english and spanish communities (spoken word, Plu, open secret, Angora poets, slams at Culture rapide, Downtown café, Bnb, co-organizes a slam at Le Maximilien). Studied translation and hispanoamerican literature and civilization(Master). Actually spanish teacher at Éducation Nationale. Unpublished .

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Open Secret, 2nite: “Under Pressure” with musical guest Tim Watt!


Open Secret! Your home for experiments in all the performing arts. Wednesdays (2nite!) at Le Bistrot des Artistes, 6 rue des Anglais, 5è. Métro Maubert-Mutualité (line 10) or Saint-Michel (line 4). At 8pm, nightlong sign-up starts, then at 9, poésie muse-ic theatre divine comedy performance art & dance. Make your own major. Tonight’s theme is Under Pressure. With special musical guest Tim Watt, whose work ranges from the sweetly melancholic to the existential to the Rock of ages. (Bio below)/

London musician, now residing in Paris, Tim Watt captivates an audience with haunting melodies and complimenting soulful vocals. He has performed a vast array of shows over the years, from the neon lights of Las Vegas to such legendary folk venues as The Troubadour in London and The Bitter End in New York City. His songs are sculptured with poetic lyrical content inspired by the works of Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Nick Drake, with more recent influences consisting of Jeff Buckley, Ryan Adams and Jack White to name a few. The eclectic collection of influences ranging from folk to the punk rock movement provides a unique body of individual compositions to the listener.


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Nupur Saraswat and Kate Black-Regan to Guest at SpokenWord Paris July 31st—Monday’s Theme: Sisters/Brothers

19074481_1520867841299053_741079705_oNupur Saraswat is a passionate stage performer, who brings an electric energy on stage along with her bold words. Her volatile words and performance style has been praised by the most sought-after lyricist of Bollywood – Javed Akhtar with whom she has shared a stage in 2016. She has performed for big stages like UN Women, TEDx, India Conversations, Under 25 Summit, and DPS schools.
Nupur, who is from Singapore, also runs a collective where she curates artists (ask her about your artist needs at Beasts of Bed and Battlefield). At an age of 22, she is a lot of things – a recruitment consultant, an environmental engineer, a writer, and a spoken-word artist. But more than anything else, she is “that girl with a flower in her curly hair”.
Kate Black-Regan is a performance artist, vocalist, and poet engaged in expressive art therapy. At the root of her work is a deep trust in the power of transformative growth through creative expression. Her art explores the potential to reclaim, re-story, and re-envision roles and narratives with a dynamic feminist lens. Originally from Philadelphia, US, she collaborates with a wide range of creative makers globally, facilitates multidisciplinary workshops, and is currently residing in Bangalore, India. 

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